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Nominations Open for Leadership Staff Section 2014 Awards!

The NCSL Leadership Staff Section invites your nominations for the 2014 Leadership Staff Section Achievement Awards. Each year, outstanding legislative leadership staff members are recognized each year for the important contributions they make to the legislative process. These awards present a unique opportunity to acknowledge exceptional staff.  Nominations can be made by state legislators or other legislative staff. Winners will be honored at the NCSL Legislative Summit in Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 19-22, 2014 and awards will be presented at the NCSL Leadership Staff Section professional development seminar in New Orleans, Louisiana, September 14-17, 2014.

A Legislative Staff Achievement Award nominee may be an individual, office, group or team whose contributions benefit the roles of leadership staff and should meet a significant number of the awards criteria.  At least one of the awards is presented to an individual who has been an active participant in Leadership Staff Section activities, as evidenced by attendance at the Section's annual training seminars and by other significant involvement with the Section. View the award criteria below.

Nominations for the 2014 Leadership Staff Section Achievement Awards will be accepted through Friday, May 30, 2014.  Please send nominations electronically to Aurora Hauke, Chair of the LSS Awards Committee (contact information listed below).

Aurora Hauke, Caucus Staff 
Office of the House Minority Leader
Alaska House of Representatives
p) 907-465-5051
aurora.hauke@akleg.gov      

If you would prefer to send a nomination through traditional mail, please send to Natalie Wood, LSS Liaison, NCSL 7700 East First Place, Denver, CO 80230

Legislative Staff Achievement Award Criteria

A Legislative Staff Achievement Award nominee may be an individual, office, group or team whose contributions benefit the oles of leadership staff, and should meet a significant number of the following criteria. At least one of the awards is presented to an individual who has been an active participant in Leadership Staff Section activities, as evidenced by attendance at the Section's annual training seminars, and by other significant involvement with the Section. Other examples include:

  1. Identified differences and used them positively to benefit our organization, and ultimately our roles in individual states.

  2. Identified significant areas within which we can learn from one another.

  3. Outstanding credibility and genuine interest in networking ideas.

  4. Common understanding necessary for inclusive contributions and acceptance of Leadership Staff Section participants.

  5. Effectiveness in giving...self, time, resources, etc...to benefit our Section.

  6. Insights that can be developed through teamwork (ability to objectively process knowledge/patterns for contriving options for avoidance of common obstacles).

  7. Determined toward efficiency and betterment of professional selves or members; shares "best game" strategies.

  8. Promotes benefits gained from Leadership Staff Section.

  9. Develops solution(s) for various subterfuges; emanating realistic expectations versus frustrations - for example, "New Dimensions for Change" ideas.

  10. Improved communication and/or participation in Leadership Staff Section.

The recipients of the awards are announced during the NCSL Annual Meeting. The awards presentation occurs during the Leadership Staff Section Fall Professional Development Seminar.

Legislative Staff Achievement Award Winners

Year

Recipients

2013

Janeen Halverson, Utah Senate

Aurora Hauke, Alaska House

2012

Terri Franks-Smith, Idaho House
Arnold Sowell, California Assembly

2011

Mechelle Miller, Louisiana House

2010

Mary Sue Jones, Idaho Senate

2009

Erlinda Campbell, New Mexico Senate
Barbara Oakes, Maryland House

2008

Nancy Butcher, West Virginia House

2007

Rosina Boyd, New Mexico House
Kurt Deweese, Illinois House

2006

James Lovette, Pennsylvania House
Dawn Reese, Pennsylvania House

2005

Laura Bauman, Indiana Senate
Erin Russell, Nevada Assembly

2004

Diane Steward, Maine Senate

2003

Joyce Johnson, Tennessee Senate
John Mullins, West Viriginia House

2002

Lori Rigby, Delaware House
Meredith Norris, North Carolina House

2001

Mechelle Miller, Louisiana House
Charlotte Ellis Land, Kentucky House

2000

Marsha Wise, Pennsylvania House
Kathy Holcomb, Michigan House

1999

C. Louise Krautheim, Pennsylvania House
Jenifer Noland, Kentucky House

1998

David W. Wilkins, Delaware Senate
Jan Shirrell, Indiana Senate

1997

Thomas R. Tedcastle, Florida House
Toni Christman, Pennsylvania House

 

For More Information

If you have any questions about the awards or the nomination process, please call the LSS chair or any member of the LSS Awards Committee or contact Natalie O'Donnell Wood, the NCSL liaison for LSS, at (303) 364-7700.

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